I’m sure I am not alone with it comes to not quite finishing some of the more annoying and easily overlooked parts of a DIY project. When I am really focused and disciplined, I’ll pin myself down and force myself to finish that last bit of painting or put in that final piece of shoe molding. But there are other times that I want to move onto to something higher impact than installing a small piece of quarter-round that’s hidden behind a door or painting the 1 1/2″ strip of trim around the screen door.
There are a couple of larger, alluring projects I’m excited to start working on, so I decided to use those as an incentive to finish some of the annoying things that have been languishing on my to-do list. I can’t start something new until I completely finish those projects. I called it my “annoying project day” and it was surprising how declaring it as such motivated me to knock out anything that fit under that label.
First up was painting the trim around the windows in the dining room, home office, and around the sliding door off the kitchen. I painted the wood window trim when I painted the room, but not the frames around each window. I generally love painting, but not this irritatingly tedious variety. It is done, though! Primed and painted and done.
It’s a small thing, but the off-white window frame against the bright white trim ended up looking dingy and unfinished. I also painted the trim around the doors in my office as well as the interior side of the doors. I’ll paint the exterior once I start on the foyer.
As I finish more and more projects, the parts of the house that are not done become more glaring!
I also painted the interior of the hutch in the dining room. That is another paint job that can never be filed under fun-things-to-do. I just have to put on some good music and look forward to when it’s finished.
The dark wood was a real stinker on this one, too, so it took three coats. I’ll show you how it turned out in another post.
And, my last annoying project was to strip the red paisley chairs in the kitchen eating area.
I was only able to get one done before I had to call it quits on my “annoying project day”, but I still accomplished a ton and the motivation carried over into the next couple of days. I ended up getting one chair upholstered yesterday and the other one almost completed today. They look so good on their own and in the space, so I can’t wait to show those!
Summer has been challenging for me…trying to juggle the boys being home all day and working, but I’ve found it’s been a good time to chip away at projects that don’t require quiet and concentration. I can work on them between doling out snacks, neighborhood kids coming over to play, and going to the pool or a matinee. It’s pretty haphazard, but it’s about as much of a work routine as I’m going to get until school starts again!
Does anyone else need to schedule an “annoying project day”?